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Agnes Kun and Antal Hidas Papers, 1915-1987

Summary Information


The papers comprise the correspondence of Agnes Kun (1915-1990), translator, and Antal Hidas (1899-1980), Hungarian poet, with prominent Russian poets and writers; Antal Hidas's memoirs; and manuscripts of translations from Hungarian and original poetry by famous Russian authors.

At a Glance

Call No.: BA#0535
Bib ID 9189851 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Kun, Agnes ; Hidas, Antal, 1899-
Title Agnes Kun and Antal Hidas Papers, 1915-1987
Physical Description 4 linear feet (4 linear feet 5 archival document boxes and 1 flat box)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is organized in four series. Series I: Correspondence, 1941-1982, undated Series II: Writings, 1940-1987, undated Subseries II.1: Antal Hidas's Writings, 1943-1968, undated Subseries II.2: Writings by Others, 1940-1987, undated Series III: Printed Materials, 1917, 1940, undated Series IV: Third Parties Materials, 1915-1947.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of significant correspondence with prominent Russian poets and writers and manuscripts of translations from Hungarian and original poetry by famous Russian authors. Among authors whose letters and manuscripts are represented in the collection are: Margarita Aliger, Lili Brik, Kornei Chukovskii, Aleksandr Fadeev, Vera Inber, Lev Kopelev, Leonid Martynov, Boris Pasternak, Boris Polevoi, David Samoilov, Boris Slutskii, Nikolai Tikhonov, Nikolai Zabolotskii, and many others. Oversize materials stored in BAR Flat Box #5.

  • Series I: Correspondence, 1941-1982, undated

    The series consists mainly of letters to Agnes Kun and Antal Hidas from prominent Russian authors.

  • Series II: Writings, 1940-1987, undated

    The series comprises mainly manuscripts of Antal Hidas and famous Russian poets. Organized in two Subseries.

  • Series III: Printed Materials, 1917-1944, undated

    The Series includes are edition of Maiakovskii's Liubliu (which is claimed to be from Lili Brik's personal library; Martynov' Poemy with inscription to Agnes Kun and Antal Hidas; Communist and Soviet propaganda pamphlets, 1918-1944; and nine issues of the newspaper Edinstvo of 1917. The newspapers are stored in BAR Flat box #5. All items of this series are cataloged in CLIO.

  • Third Parties Materials

    The Series comprises of personal documents (various IDs) of M. Martsinovich, E. Pokras, and A. Razorenova.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of the Bakhmeteff Archive. The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Agnes Kun and Antal Hidas Papers; Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed by Tanya Chebotarev.

Finding aid written by Katia Shraga November 2011.

Revision Description

2012-01-12 File created.

2012-01-13 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

2012-04-16 XML document instance updated by Catherine C. Ricciardi

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoirs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Translations (Documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Abašiże, Grigol, 1914-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Aliger, Margarita, 1915-1992 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Andronikov, Irakliĭ, 1908-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Baz͡han, Mykola Platonovych, 1904-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bek, Aleksandr, 1903-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brik, Lili I͡Urʹevna Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Budennyĭ, S. M (Semen Mikhaĭlovich), 1883-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chukovskiĭ, Korneĭ, 1882-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chukovskiĭ, Nikolaĭ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fadeev, Aleksandr, 1901-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fedin, Konstantin, 1892-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hidas, Antal, 1899- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hungarian literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Inber, Vera Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Isakovskiĭ, M (Mikhail), 1900-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kazakevich, Ėmmanuil, 1913-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kedrin, Dmitriĭ, 1907-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kirsanov, Semen, 1906-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Knipovich, E (Evgenii͡a) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kopelev, Lev, 1912-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kun, Agnes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Larina, Anna Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Levik, Vilʹgelʹm Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature -- Translations into Russian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marshak, S (Samuil), 1887-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Martynov, Leonid, 1905-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morit͡s, I͡Unna, 1937- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Orlova, R. D (Raisa Davydovna) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Papernyĭ, Z (Zinoviĭ), 1919-1996 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich, 1890-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pervomaĭsʹkyĭ, Leonid, 1908-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Petrovykh, Marii͡a, 1908-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Polevoĭ, Boris Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prokofʹev, Aleksandr Andreevich, 1900-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rozhdestvenskiĭ, Robert, 1932- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rozhdestvenskiĭ, Vsevolod, 1895-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rozov, Viktor, 1913-2004 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russian literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Samoĭlov, D (David) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Slut͡skiĭ, Boris, 1919-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stelʹmakh, M. P (Mykhaĭlo Panasovych) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Surkov, A. A (Alekseĭ Aleksandrovich), 1899-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tikhonov, Nikolaĭ, 1896-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Turkov, A (Andreĭ) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Venclova, Antanas, 1906-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Voznesenskiĭ, Andreĭ, 1933-2010 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zharov, Aleksandr, 1904-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note


Agnes Kun (January 21, 1915-October 19, 1990), translator and editor, daughter of Bela Kun, wife of Hungarian poet Antal Hidas (12.18.1899-01.22.1980), who in the 1920s immigrated to the Soviet Union. Both Agnes Kun and Antal Hidas went through the Gulag. Kun and Hidas became the main Soviet experts on Hungarian literature. It was under their leadership that many collections of Hungarian poetry were translated and published in the USSR in the 1950s. They returned to Hungary in 1959.